A new centre to tackle the problem of homelessness in Derby, has been welcomed.
The PACE (Promote Ability Community Enterprise) group renovated an old, abandoned hostel at Harrington street in Derby into a place for homeless and vulnerable people.
The property, which has been completely refurbished, has 30 single bedrooms and cameras were installed at the building to ensure the safety of the occupants.
PACE house also offers plenty of developmental activities such as computer training, crafts workshops and drama and art classes.
Lee Keeling, from Normanton Road in Derby is pleased with the outcome of the project and said it is much needed.
“I have lived in Normanton for many years and homeless people has been always a big problem in our area.
“I am just happy that they can get the help they need and also a place to stay especially during those cold days that we’ve recently had.”
PACE is a community interest company and says all its profits are used to help and benefit the local area.
The organisation’s goal is to ensure people with special needs, alcohol and drugs problems or learning difficulties, can get the help they need.
The latest homeless strategy report published by Derby City Council shows that the number of rough sleepers has been on the rise since 2011.
There was a steep increase in 2013/2014 with 47 rough sleepers recorded.
The homeless problem in Derby is getting worst and homeless applications are rising, according to the city council.